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Beneficial Bacteria...
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:39:13 PM »

    I recently purchased a powder form of bacteria for the pond. It's from a reputable dealer, locally, who make their own product. It actually smelled and looked somewhat like yellow cake mix...question is, if they can make a product that works extremely well...why can't we find a recipe of our own to share on here...and save ourselves a small fortune...?
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Re: Beneficial Bacteria...
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011, 05:20:49 PM »

as a pharmacist i seriously doubt that they made there own..rebag it yes..Bacteria are grown by a fermentation process, then dried..expensive equiptment is needed..
    But..bacteria are available in bulk for the wastewater treatrment industry..So you buy a bulk container then pepackage it for resale in your store..Huge profits.no one to stop you from claiming what every you want on the label..  75 percent of pond owners have...leaves on the bottom of the pond...algae...cloudy water..this is what you claim it will cure..
    EA pure pond balls  is a new product from the makes of nexus filters.. $20.00 for one dose for a 2500 gallon pond...and your supposed to add it once a month...


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Re: Beneficial Bacteria...
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 05:23:35 PM »

    very interesting...so a homemade concoction of yeast or molasses or something would'nt be doable....?
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 05:44:30 PM »

yeast are a fungi..our ponds need bacteria, active cultures need to be kept refrigerated and have a short shelf like (the ones in the ammonia/nitrogen cycle)..
   You should only need then when you start up a pond in the spring, change media or kill off whats in the filter somehow..99% do not have the nitrosomas bacteria that are needed to breakdown ammonia products..
    Think of them in the same class as wrinkle removing creams and diet pills


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Re: Beneficial Bacteria...
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011, 07:49:22 PM »

If it smells as good as cake mix, how can it be the right stuff??  When I buy it to start up aquariums, it smells awful!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011, 08:35:14 AM »

Yankee, I didn't know you were a pharmacist.  My husband has 35 years in pharmacy and I have 28, but I never thought about making my own bacteria.  Good question Frosty.  It sounds like its way too much trouble to try to create your own product - might as well just buy the already made product.  As for the cake mix smell, maybe they add vanilla to please the consumer!?! LOL!
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Re: Beneficial Bacteria...
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011, 03:47:26 PM »

   The Microbe-Lift stuff stinks to high heaven...thats why I was wondering what was going on with this stuf smelling so good....I think I'll just throw in a box of Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix and see what happens... Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 06:05:17 PM »

The fish will be saying...wheres the ice cream!!  Can't have cake without ice cream!! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 10:17:46 PM »

  The Microbe-Lift stuff stinks to high heaven...thats why I was wondering what was going on with this stuf smelling so good....I think I'll just throw in a box of Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix and see what happens... Grin

I'll bring the party hats and frogeritas. Grin
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